The scene is familiar. There are banners. There are balloons. Excited friends and family wander around taking photos of the soon-to-be graduates in their red cap and gowns. This is the graduation ceremony for the PACE Center for Girls, a partnership program run by the school district, and the department of juvenile justice. Students are referred to the center by both entities.
“If you look nationwide a lot of the problems we have in schools are females that have been abused or battered, and bring those issues to school and they act out because they’re seeking attention.”